The ACT Test: North Carolina

Getting Started: Test Administration Process Steps

Select your current phase of the test administration process to see resources related to that phase.

Step 1: Orientation - Learn about test formats and policies; select test dates and provide shipping information; select test staff and set up accounts.

Step 2: Configuration - Verify enrollment for test materials; complete online site readiness.

Step 3: Accommodation - Learn about accessibility supports; request accommodations and/or supports; request qualified exceptions to the deadline.

Step 4: Preparation - Order test materials; complete non-test activities; provide examinees test prep information; prepare your facility, staff, and materials; update examinee information; create online test sessions.

Step 5: Administration - Administer the test.

Step 6: Transportation: Return test materials; purge online testing content.

Step 7: Interpretation - Access and understand score reports; share reporting information with examinees.

Important Dates

The Schedule of Events (coming soon) contains all dates and deadlines for North Carolina's test event. Check it frequently to stay on track for testing.

Test Dates

The ACT Taken on Paper

  • Initial Test Date—standard time test date: March 1, 2022
  • Initial Test Window—accommodations and/or supports: March 1-4, 2022 and March 7-11, 2022
  • Make-Up Test Date—standard time test date: March 15, 2022
  • Make-Up Test Window—accommodations and/or supports: March 15-18, 2022 and March 21-25, 2022
  • Emergency1 Test Date—standard time test date: March 29, 2022
  • Emergency1 Test Window—accommodations and/or supports: March 29-31, 2022 and April 4-8, 2022

The ACT Taken Online

  • Initial Test Window—standard time test date: March 1-3 2022 and March 8-10, 2022
  • Make-Up Test Winow—standard time test date: March 15-17, 2022 and March 22-24, 2022
  • Emergency1 Test Window—standard time test date: March 29-31, 2022 and April 5-7, 2022

1 Schools must obtain permission from the NCDPI to utilize the emergency test date/window. Refer to the NCDPI Annual Testing Program School Calendar Conflict Request form for more information.


Documents will be replaced as they become available for Spring 2022 testing

Help and Contact

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State Policy Questions:
Please contact your Regional Accountability Coordinator (RAC). For answers to Frequently asked questions for NC  state testing, please see the FAQ's under Orientation Section: Learn about State Testing.

Schedule of Events (coming soon)
North Carolina FAQ (coming soon)
State Testing - FAQs
North Carolina Admin Supplement (coming soon)
Administration Manuals and Forms

Step 1: Orientation

Before Testing: Get started with your testing program.

Activity: Make Staff Arrangements

1. Confirm School Test Coordinator Assignment

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Tip: When the district test coordinator changes the school test coordinator in PearsonAccessnext, remember to deactivate the existing test coordinator’s user account. Updates need to be completed in two places; the manage contacts screen and creating a new user account.

2. Select Test Staff

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Activity: Select Test Dates and Shipping Dates (Manage Participation)

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Activity: Verify the Shipping Address

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Activity: Learn about State Testing

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Step 2: Configuration

Before Testing: Ensure systems are set up and data is submitted for testing.

Activity: Verify Enrollment for Test Materials

1. Verify the enrollment count (the number of examinees expected to test) in PearsonAccessnext listed for:
  • Standard Time Testing
  • Accommodations Formats, Braille Formats, and Translated Test Instructions for English Learners
2. Check that all newly-enrolled students are in PearsonAccessnext by going to Setup, then Students
3. Enroll/unenroll examinees if the enrollment is not accurate

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Tip: To verify accommodations/supports counts, run an Accommodations and Supports Roster in PearsonAccessnext.

Activity: Site Readiness for Online Testing

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Activity: Order Test Materials

  • Additional standard time materials for the initial test date
    • for an enrollment increase after the Verify Enrollment for Test Materials deadline
    • if after receiving materials, more are needed
  • Standard time materials for the makeup test date

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Tip: If additional materials are needed for examinees authorized by ACT to test with accommodations/supports, call the ACT Accommodations team.

Tip: You can track test materials shipments using Orders & Shipment Tracking. See the View Status and Shipment Information section in the PearsonAccessnext User Guide.

Step 3: Accommodation

Before Testing: Identify student needs for accommodations and/or supports.

Activity: Request Accommodations and/or English Learner (EL) Supports

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Tip: Pay close attention to the dates that ACT is asking you to select in TAA. National test dates are also listed, so be sure to select the test dates for your administration.

Tip: Reconsideration is used if you submitted a request for accommodations that was denied. Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline is for limited reasons as indicated on the form.

Tip: If selecting the qualified exceptions date in TAA, make sure to attach the Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline Form in the request.

Step 4: Preparation

Before Testing: Prepare students, staff, facilities, and materials for testing.

Activity: Prepare for Testing

1. Complete Non-Test Activities

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Tip: To provide visibility into the non-test information process in MyACT, schools will have access to a new daily Student Code Usage Status report after receiving their first shipment of materials. This report is posted in the Published Reports section in PearsonAccessnext. Refer to the Accessing Reports section of PearsonAccessnext User Guide for instructions. This report contains “Yes” or “No” to indicate students who have not used their Student Code or not completed college choices. 

2. Prepare Your Examinees

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3. Prepare Your Facility, Staff, and Test Materials

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4. Verify and Update Examinee Information

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5. Prepare for Online Testing

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Step 5: Administration

During Testing: Have a successful test administration.

Activity: Administer the Test

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Administration manuals

Tip: Ensure you are using the correct materials for your test date and type to avoid cancellation of scores.

Tip: If you are testing an examinee authorized for English learner supports, have the ACT-Authorized Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries list handy to verify at check in that the examinee’s dictionary can be used for testing.

Step 6: Transportation

After Testing: Send materials and data back to ACT.

Activity: Return Test Materials

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Tip: Do not return unused answer documents from initial testing. Use those for makeup testing.

Tip: Return answer documents following testing so they arrive at ACT by the receipt deadline listed on the Schedule of Events and can be scored.

Tip: Return all ACT-authorized accommodations materials at the end of the testing window, rather than returning materials for individual examinees as they complete testing.

Tip: If you receive an additional order, write your high school name and code on the return shipping labels.

Activity: Conclude Online Testing

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Step 7: Interpretation

After Testing: Interpret score reports and test data.

Activity: Access and Understand Score Reports

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Activity: Share Information with Examinees

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